Te Hiku Models Māori Vaccine Equity

Sept. 7, 2021, 4:19 p.m.

Whānau and members of the community from across the wider Awanui area have received vaccinations at a drive through clinic held at Waimanoni Marae.

Te Hiku Hauora has provided a series of pop-up clinics in the Far North region in an effort to create access and equity for residents wanting to safeguard themselves and their whānau against COVID-19.

Wiremu Smith of Ngāi Takoto has been on the frontline at Waimanoni and says, "Many people aren't able to travel to town to get the shot. This is an opportunity for whānau to vaccinate before it becomes less available and less accessible."

According to the New Zealand Medical Journal, Māori are 50% more likely to die from COVID-19, however nationally, Māori have not been given fair opportunity to become immunised.

As of this week, only 41% of the Māori population in Te Tai Tokerau has received one dose of the Pfizer vaccine whereas 63% of the general population has received theirs.

Mere Henry is also part of the Waimanoni haukāinga. She says, "What concerns me about Māori is the misinformation that's out there. The only safeguard we've got at the moment is to vaccinate."

It is hoped that having clinics at marae with familiar faces administering vaccines will help to alleviate whānau concerns.

For more on this story, watch the clip above.

Tags: #Haukainga Te Hiku Hauora COVID19 Haukainga Covid Vaccinations Northland Vaccination Strategy Equity

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